The best way to understand how Milan is laid out is to take a ride on one of the trams. Route 1 runs from the main train station, via Piazza Cairoli to Castello Sforzesco and is probably the best choice. But many other routes also offer good views of the city.
The Cathedral is the symbol of Milan. Building began in 1386 and was not completed until 500 years later. It is a late Gothic masterpiece, made more interesting by the fact that this style can’t be seen anywhere else in Italy. Towering over the piazza del Duomo, the marble building is covered by 135 spires and countless statues.
This is the home of one of the world’s most famous artworks, Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper." It’s rarely possible to simply walk in and take a look though, and a good way to avoid the long queues is to book a time in advance.
Milan doesn’t have as many art treasures as Venice and Florence, but not far behind. The city’s foremost art museum exhibits works by Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Bramante, and Caravaggio, amongst others.
The city’s two top Series A football teams, Internazionale and AC Milan, draw dedicated crowds to their shared home ground. San Siro also hosts fan events, and is home to Italy’s only football museum.
Teatro alla Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, which opened in 1778. A visit to the museum grants you a sneak peek inside the theatre. You’ll be able to see inside one of the spectacular theatre boxes, overlooking the stage.
In addition to the famous and outstanding Il Duomo, this 15th century castle is a landmark of Milan. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was a symbol of power and different dukes have used it as their residence. Today it houses a wide selection of cultural sights, such as museums and exhibitions.
This small city aquarium offers its guests free entrance. Come here to watch the spectacular species of fish and the different exhibitions. From the rooftop you have a lovely views over the surrounding park.
Even if channels, aren't the first thing you think about when you visit Milan, you shouldn't miss Navigli Lombardi. These channels were constructed by Leonardo da Vinci to make the building of Il Duomo and the heavy transportations easier. The neighbourhood around Navigli Lombardi is today one of the most popular, filled with cafés, bars and small shops.